Globalization-related issues.

Why India’s PMA Will Harm the Indian and Global Economies

March 17, 2014
| Reports

Despite contentions that India’s Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy—which enacts local content requirements in public procurement of electronics and information and communications technology (ICT) products in India—is a temporary, limited, and non-distortionary measure designed to give a slight and momentary boost to domestic electronics and ICT hardware manufacturers, the reality is that the PMA is a highly distortive policy which threatens to damage both on India’s and the broader global economy. India’s PMA:

 1. Is trade-distortionary, entailing at least a de facto price and/or quality preference which will have significant negative effects on Indian citizens;

2. Far from making ICT products in India more secure, is actually likely to make them less secure; 

3. Will damage global trade and contribute to spillover and contagion effects reducing global trade and economic integration;

4. Is distinct and more severe than many other countries’ preferences for domestic production in government procurement activity;

5. Is unlikely to have any significant long-term effectiveness as an instrument to bolster domestic manufacturing, while in fact distracting Indian policymakers from enacting the kinds of policies they really should be undertaking to enhance the competitiveness of India’s economy and manufacturing industries.

The PMA Mandate will be Harmful to Indian Economy and Global Innovation

Tech Industry Watching European Privacy Votes

The Hill
If new privacy measures are adopted they could raise business and compliance costs for U.S. companies, says Daniel Castro.

Designing a Global Trading System to Maximize Innovation

March 6, 2014
| Reports

In an article for the peer-reviewed journal Global Policy, Robert Atkinson argues that major reforms are required to maximize global innovation.  Innovation industries are different than other industries and because of these differences maximizing the production of innovation globally requires the presence of large markets, limited “artificial” competition, and strong IP protection. The article lays out a policy agenda to enhance these conditions.

More than 100 local content requirements have been proposed or implemented since 2008, reducing global trade by about $93 billion annually.

The shift from conventional trade barriers to unconventional ones like local content requirements (LCRs) is the most detrimental problem facing global trade today. Historically, LCRs have been associated with government procurement and mandates attached to publicly financed projects. Read more »

Robert Atkinson Will Advise U.S. State Department on IT and Communication Policy

Krugman Wrong on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Again

March 2, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Protectionism remains a major impediment to economic growth and free trade, making the TPP a very big deal.

NSA Surveillance Hurting Tech Firms' Business

USA Today
New efforts to create EU-based alternatives to the current U.S.-dominated Internet infrastructure could further hurt our economy.
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